How to Learn and Grow From Your PSAT/NMSQT Scores

Educators and students can use their PSAT/NMSQT scores to see areas where students are thriving, and areas where they need additional support. PSAT/NMSQT scores are on the same scale as SAT scores, making it easy to track student progress over time. Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT score higher, on average, on the SAT than those who do not. Scores on PSAT-Related Assessments Increase Like the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT reflects what students are learning in the classroom,…

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Exaggerated Thoughts That Can Cause Teens to Misperceive Reality

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is currently the premier evidence‐based psychotherapeutic treatment for anxiety and depression in both adolescents and adults. CBT focuses on the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems and changing unhelpful patterns in our thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes, including exaggerated thoughts. It also teaches behavioral and emotional regulation according to the design of the cognitive triangle, as shown in the diagram below.  At the center of the cognitive triangle…

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Making Art Can Help Teens Understand Their Mental Health

The benefits of art in a child’s education are widespread. Art can help kids express themselves and understand the world around them, and it is usually a fun, hands-on experience. For low-income students, studies show that kids who have more arts education in school see long-term benefits by both academic and social standards. Additionally, art can help students with their mental health. Tori Wardrip, an art teacher at Lewis and Clark Middle School in Billings,…

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How Schools Can Help Students Manage Anxiety

The anxious thoughts of students aren’t always just passing worries; they’re becoming deeply rooted, widespread mantras for young people across America. Anxiety is the most common mental health challenge that young people today face, and it’s the top reason why students seek mental health services in colleges across the country. In severe cases, anxiety is stopping teens from doing homework, reaching out to friends, leaving their homes, and even leading to depressive and suicidal thoughts.…

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Anxiety’s Toll On Teens, Families, And Schools

Anxiety is increasingly becoming a serious issue for American teens. A whopping 62% of incoming high school freshman surveyed by the American College Health Association said they had experienced overwhelming anxiety last year. While teens from many backgrounds experience anxiety, it’s often the more affluent families who find the problem most baffling. Adults aren’t surprised when teens from poor neighborhoods feel anxious about safety or home dynamics, but  it can be harder to understand what’s…

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February Vacation Activities

Are you looking for fun things to keep kids occupied and learning during the February vacation week? Check out our list for some great day camps in the area and some other ideas. Guard Up Winter Break Adventure When: Mon 2/19/18 – Fri 2/23/18 Where: Guard Up at 103 Terrace Hall Ave in Burlington Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM daily Age: 5 and up Cost: approximately $400 for the week The winds blow cold…

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Tools for Building Cultural Respect

For kids growing up in a media-driven world that often rewards narcissism, humility has become a way to stand up and stand out. Humility is not necessarily about modesty or pretending to be less than you are. In fact, people who are humble often have a high sense of self-worth; it’s just that they can recognize their own strengths and limitations. Research about humility also suggests a strong connection between being humble and being generous.…

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Part 2: Perfecting Standard Essay Structure for Standardized Testing

In the last blog, you were given the general format for a successful standard essay. Below is an example using that template that answers the question, Of the books you have read in the past year, which one made the biggest impression on you and why? Sample Standard Essay Response: This year I read The Giver by Lois Lowry and it made a big impression on me because like Jonas, I don’t always agree with…

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Part 1: Perfecting Standard Essay Structure for Standardized Testing

For essay prompts that ask you to answer a question, such as Of the books you have read in the past year, which one made the biggest impression on you and why?, your goal is to structure an essay that answers the question and presents paragraphs with supporting evidence. Your essay should have four paragraphs: the introduction, two supporting paragraphs, and the conclusion. Your answer to the given question will form the thesis of your…

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Want Some Tricks to Make Division Easier?

Sometimes it can help to have some tricks up our sleeve when starting to divide a number. Thankfully, there are ways to check if a number is divisible by any of the numbers between 2 and 9 before you have to spend a bunch of time on trial and error.  Remember, we don’t need a trick for 1, because every number is divisible by 1, and we don’t need one for 0, because you can’t…

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